Attention, anyone who’s ever wanted to audition for the Paper Machete!
Now’s your chance. Please come read something at our open incubator series, The Mash. Prepare either a 1000-word, 3rd-person essay OR a 6-minute character monologue (or sketch if you’re a team). Make sure it’s based on something happening in the current week’s headlines. Other than these rules, anything goes.
The Mash is a loose, informal jam, but it’s helped us find some great writers and performers over the years. Don’t be afraid to come give it a whirl.
Sunday, 11/30. 3pm. High-Hat Club, 1920 W Irving Park. Free.
…returns this Sunday, 10/26 at the High-Hat (1920 W Irving Park) at 3 p.m.!
Drew Michael joins this week’s Paper Machete.
THOM GAUGHAN AND ANDREW KNOX
Plus musical guests REPUBLIC OF LIGHTS and more surprises!
3 PM at THE GREEN MILL, free!
Samantha Irby (photo via timeoutchicago.com)
BRENDAN DOWLING and TIM SNIFFEN
Special musical guests GLAD FANNY and THE BORED OF EDUCATION
Plus: JOSH ZAGOREN as CHAD THE BIRD
3pm, Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave, FREE!
Last week we announced a raffle for a free bike tune-up at Easy Rider for anyone who donated any amount to the Machete that week. Well, the raffle deadline’s been extended to this Saturday 7/30! Simply visit our Donate page and give online to be entered, or come see the 7/30 show and purchase a raffle ticket in person. The winner will be drawn at Saturday’s show.
You do not need to present at the show to win. If you don’t live in the Chicago area, we can send the certificate to the lucky, bike-riding Chicagoan of your choice. Ride on!
The July 9th show’s topic include Denver pot dispensaries, Apple’s editing software debacle, creepy “Princess Di at 50” coverage, the unnoticed death of a Massachusetts woman in a public pool, pop stars performing for dictators & more. We’ll have a visit from Tony winner Rondi Reed and music from two of our favorite recurring Machete acts.
Rondi Reed (actress, August: Osage County)
Will Nedved (playwright, The Gift Theatre)
Lisa Buscani (writer/performer, The Neo-Futurists)
Marcus Gilmer (editor, A.V. Club)
Peter Kremidas (iO and ComedySportz)
David Isaacson (writer/performer, Theater Oobleck)
Ali Weiss (writer/performer, Machete producer and video editor)
Jessie FIsher and Erik Hellman
Real Tits (the latest band from John Szymanski and John Bliss)
This Saturday we kick off your 4th of July weekend by mixing our usual shenanigans with a healthy dose of Americana. We’ve got a robber baron, a blue puppet, and talk of Americans from Phyllis Schlafly to George Parker. If you think you can find a better, freer show on Saturday at 3pm, we’ve got a bridge to sell you.
Chad Briggs (comedian)
Molly Brennan (500 Clown)
Bilal Dardai (The Neo-Futurists)
Andrew Marchetti (actor, writer, puppeteer for Crash Pad, with Mooch, the blue monster who is friends with Machete regular Chad the Bird)
Ali Weiss (writer & video editor, The Paper Machete producer)
Wendy Mateo (Dominizuelan)
Micah Philbrook (pH Productions, The Second City)
Stephanie Shaw (BoyGirlBoyGirl)
Robbie and Donna Fulks
Student Zach Wahls at the Iowa House of Representatives
As we lead up to Chicago’s 42nd Annual Pride Parade this weekend, our show features a wide variety of topics. Some of our guests and topics will be Pride-related, while others we’ll merely be proud to host.
Zach Wahls (University of Iowa student best know for his speech to the Iowa House of Representatives against a resolution that would end civil unions in Iowa).
David Cerda as Joan Crawford (Hell in a Handbag)
Alison Cuddy (848)
Dr. Bill Savage (PhD. Northwestern)
Rob Anderson (Impress These Apes)
Caitlin Parrish (playwright, A Twist of Water)
Jacob Steward (the Iowa high school teacher who wowed us at the 9/4/10 “Back-to-School” show)
Sharon Greene (The Neo-Futurists)
Mel Evans (ComedySportz)
Susan Messing (iO, The Second City, Messing with a Friend) and Beth Melewski (Baby Wants Candy, The Second City e.t.c., Cash Cab Chicago)
3PM. THE HORSESHOE, 4115 N Lincoln Ave. FREE. Doors & kitchen open at 2!